Index here

Index - here

All newspaper articles and advertisements are from Papers Past - National Library of New Zealand or Trove - National Library of Australia unless otherwise stated.

Photographer's negatives - the most common question I am asked relates to the current location of photographer's negatives - see this post.

I'm not able to provide any information about photographers other than that on this site. I'm am also not able to date photographs or assist you in identifying people in photographs you may have. I am unable to assist in locating the current location of business records or negatives of any photographer.

I recommend the Auckland City Library's website for more information about New Zealand photographers -

LOW, John

John Low

born 18 July 1847, Scotland, died 5 November 1895, Whangarei, New Zealand [or reg. as 6 November 1895, reg. no. 1895/5712 aged 47 years].

Low — Fuller.-On February 27, at Whangarei, by the Rev. Alexander Thomson, Mr John Low, photographer, of Waikato, to Eliza A. Fuller, of Whangarei.
Waikato Times, Volume XIII, Issue 1044, 4 March 1879

Low.— On the l5th inst., at the America [sic] Portrait Rooms, 13 Grey street, Auckland, the wife of Mr John Low, Photographer, of a daughter.
Waikato Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1437, 17 September 1881 


Judging from the specimens which have been submitted to us, Mr Tensfeld's successor will fully and efficiently supply the local demand for photographic views and portraits. Mr Low comes from Auckland, and his portfolio contains many excellent specimens of the photographer's art, and will interest any of our Auckland friends. We wish the newcomer every success.
Grey River Argus, Issue 254, 29 August 1867

We have had submitted far our inspection a series of photographic views of the town of Greymouth as it appeared during and after the flood of Wednesday. They have been executed by Mr Low, and are excellent specimens of the art of photography, and will form interesting mementoes of the late disaster.
Grey River Argus, Volume IV, Issue 285, 9 November 1867

Greymouth by John Low, 1867
refer Hidden Light - Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography by Ken Hall with Haruhiko Sameshima page 83, where this carte de visite is identified as being by John Low. 

View of Greymouth taken during the great flood of 6th November 1867.

The following two cartes de visite are attributed to John Low and possibly part of his series of views of the 1867 Greymouth flood.

Shown here with a flag pole outside is the Greymouth Post Office, the smaller building next door is the Telegraph Office completed in 1866

The Greymouth Post Office was never a very magnificent structure, but it has lately become not only insignificant, but exceedingly inconvenient for the public and its official occupants, by reason of alterations in the level of the footpath. The matter having been represented to head-quarters by Mr M'Beth, an improvement has been agreed to, and it is intended by the expenditure of a small amount, to raise the building, and to improve the facilities for posting and receiving correspondence. It is to be hoped that, at the same time, the convenience of the Postmaster and his assistants will be consulted, for more limited and less convenient accommodation for the extensive work of such an office as that of Greymouth could scarcely be contrived. Judged by its exterior, at any rate, the office is one which is more suited for the accommodation of hens than men.
Grey River Argus, Volume XIV, Issue 1668, 9 December 1873

 unknown photographer
another view of the Greymouth Telegraph Office and Post Office
 Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 968-217.

Grey River Argus, Issue 254, 29 August 1867, Page 3

Grey River Argus, Volume V, Issue 300, 14 December 1867, Page 1

American Portrait Rooms
13 Grey Street, Auckland

Waikato Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1437, 17 September 1881

above: a carte de visite by John Low, Waikato.
below: cartes de visite and cabinet cards by John Low, North Auckland.


Poll and Rackham

Poll and Rackham
Hastings from October 1907 to 1910
 Wallace Robert Poll and Charles Edward Rackham

Wallace Robert Poll son of William Sheppard Poll and Elizabeth Rackham, he was a cousin of his partner Charles Edward Rackham. Born circa 1873, died 29 December 1937 Hastings, New Zealand

Charles Edward Rackham son of Charles Rackham and Harriet Anne Betts [daughter of John Girling Betts and Ann Smith], born circa 1878, Burgh St. Peter, Norfolk, England, died 23 April 1945 Auckland, New Zealand aged 67 years, reg. 1945/17145. 
His probate records show the following relatives: cousins, William George Poll, Ada Poll, Gertie Poll and Emma Poll, aunt by marriage Emma Poll [Emma Jane Lohr], half brothers and sisters Anthony Rackham, John Henry Rackham, Frank Rackham, Albert Rackham, Eva Rackham and Mabel Thomas, aunts and uncles Edward Betts, Katherine Betts and Lucy Betts, half sister Hilda Rackham


POLL, Wallace Robert

Wallace Robert Poll
previously Poll and Rackham - Rembrandt Studio

Wallace Robert Poll, son of William Sheppard Poll and Elizabeth Rackham, born 1873, died 1937.

Hastings Standard, Volume XIV, Issue 4452, 4 May 1910


Wallace Poll Photographic Studios following the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake
MTG Hawke's Bay

Mr. Wallace Robert Poll, the well-known photographer and artist of Hastings, died this week. Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, in 1873, of a well-known County family, the late Mr. Poll early made a name for himself as an artist. He secured a number of diplomas for his artistic work and many of his pictures are still in private collections. Some 32 years ago [about 1905] Mr. Poll came out to New Zealand with the intention of taking up farming in the Dominion with his cousin at Petane. After a year or so he gave up farming and took up his artistic work, being for a few years manager for Buntings, photographer, at Napier. In 1909 he decided to enter business on his own account and opened up a studio in Hastings. This he maintained until his death, though in recent years his business activity was frequently interrupted owing to ill-health.
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19521, 31 December 1937 

three girls by Wallace Poll, Hastings

Mr. Wallace Poll of Hastings, has received word of the death of his father, who passed away at Acle, Norfolk. England, on June 13th Mr. William Sheppard Poll, Pharmaceutical chemist and surgeon dentist was in his 79th year. He went to Yarmouth in 1862, establishing at 32 Regent Road, a business which became of high repute in town and district. It was during recent years ably carried on by Mr. W. G. Poll, at. 41, Regent road, under the style of W. S. Poll and Son.

Thirteen years ago Mr. W. S. Poll, removed to Acle, and there, as at Yarmouth he gained the esteem of all who knew him. For Some years he acted as hon. secretary for the Pharmaceutical Society in Great Yarmouth.

He was a Keen sportsman and a good naturalist. When in Yarmouth, he made one attempt to enter the Town Council but was not successful having a weak colleague and having to contest a strong political opposition. 

Mr. Poll was twice married and had five sons and five daughters. The funeral took place at the little village of Bedingham, Mr. Poll's birthplace, a short distance from Bungay.
Hastings Standard, Volume IV, Issue 440, 20 August 1915

Picture with a History
Many people passing in and out of the office of a Hastings land-agent may have noticed hanging on a wall a large oil painting with a gold frame, depicting a restful scene of leafy-trees, a smooth flowing river on which rests a small boat, children playing on the bank, hills and windmill in the distance, and soft cloud effects. Some may have stopped to take a second look, others may have turned away thinking it was just “another picture.” But this oil painting which is believed to be by John Constable, the famous English artist, who died more than 100 years ago, has an interesting and even romantic history. The present owner of the painting is Mrs. Wallace Poll, of Hastings, whose husband, the late Mr. Poll, bought it some 30 years ago from the family of the last [late?] Sir William Russell, father of Sir Andrew Russell [he was the uncle of Major-General Sir Andrew Russell not his father].
Gisborne Herald, Volume LXX, Issue 20995, 19 January 1943

also see

Griffiths and Burrell

Griffiths and Burrell
Military Photographers
Featherston Camp
John Griffiths and Charles Gregory Burrell

John Griffiths
born circa 1876, died 3 July 1954 aged 78 years, reg. 1954/24285, married 27 June 1918, St. Peter's Church, Wellington, reg. 1918/2470 Rose Emma Simons, she died 20 April 1964 aged 86 years, reg. 1964/29207, both buried  Hamilton East Cemetery, Hamilton.

On Thursday last at St. Peter's Church, Wellington, a wedding of local interest took place. The contracting parties wore Miss Rose E. Simons, recently teacher in the Featherston school, and Mr John Griffiths, photographer at the Featherston Military Camp.
Wairarapa Age, 2 July 1918

1928 Electoral Roll
2719 - John Griffiths, Duke Street, Te Kuiti, photographer
2721 - Rose Griffiths, Duke Street, Te Kuiti, married

Charles Gregory Burrell 
born 19 October 1880, reg. 1913/27172 (this birth was not registered until 1913), son of Ruth Nicholas and John Burrell, died 18 September 1956 Christchurch aged 75 years, reg. 1956/21736, married 20 September 1911, reg. 1911/4645, Rosina Magdaline Hoft [Madelina/Madeline], born 13 April 1879, reg. 1879/13823, daughter of Magdalina Maria Hoft and Herman Hoft, died 23 August 1951 Christchurch. No issue of this marriage.

He was a brother to the photographers George Edward Albert Burrell, 1862-1942 and Frederick William Trehair Burrell, 1870-1946. Their sister Blanche Etheldreda Maude Burrell, 1875–1965 was married to the Christchurch photographer Frederic Boulton Hughes.

Featherston Camp Weekly
Issue Vol 2, No 4. October 19th, 1918, page 22, 
National Library of Australia

Photograph by Griffiths and Burrell
not identified

New Zealand Seventeenth Mounted Rifles
by Griffiths and Burrell
Auckland Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 270, 11 November 1916

also see a group portrait by Griffiths and Burrell of the New Zealand Field Ambulance about January 1916 - here

WILTON, Ernest Edward

Ernest Edward Wilton
Hardy Street, Nelson

Mr. E. E. Wilton has opened a photographic studio in the buildings known as Brown's, Hardy-street. Mr Wilton advertises that he has been connected with the best establishments elsewhere, and promises to execute orders with taste and skill.
Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXIV, Issue 8, 10 January 1900

back row, centre Helen Gertrude Neumann, she married David Thomas Hight in 1903
by Ernest Edward Wilton, Hardy Street, Nelson

born 6 December 1875 eldest son of Edward William Wilton and Elizabeth Bowles, died 15 July 1909 at the residence of his sister, Mrs G. E. Bowles, Derwent Street, Island Bay, Wellington aged 33 years [1], reg. 1909/5046, buried Karori Cemetery, Wellington, married 2 April 1901, Wesley Church, Taranaki Street, Wellington by the Rev. W. C. Oliver, reg. 1901/1792 Mildred Harriet Mary Tiller she died 1955 aged 77 years, reg. 1955/24056, daughter of George Tiller [2], she married secondly 15 October 1913 at 29 Campbell Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, reg. 1913/7188 John James Hilliam son of the late James and J. L. Hilliam, Lincolnshire, England [3]

Ronald Keith Wilton born 1907, reg. 1907/22356, died 1963 aged 55 years, reg. 1963/35280

[1] Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 15, 17 July 1909
[2] Evening Post, Volume LXI, Issue 77, 2 April 1901
[3] New Zealand Herald, Volume L, Issue 15470, 29 November 1913

Beer, G

G. Beer

Evening Post, Volume XXIII, Issue 126, 1 June 1882

BINNS, Reginald William

Reginald William Binns

Nui Tirini Photographic Studio
Goulburn, NSW

 Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), 23 Jan 1897, Page 3

Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), 23 Jan 1897, Page 3

 Goulburn Herald (NSW), 25 November 1898, page 5

Operator and Manager
Wrigglesworth and Binns
from about 1903

Exhibition 1906-1907, Industrial Awards.
Successful Dunedin competitors in the industrial awards at the Exhibition are as follow: Metal work: ... Class 25, Reginald W. Binns, Dunedin (gold medal) ... Baldwin and Rayward's special prizes for best working models showing greatest originality in construction: Reginald W. Binns, Dunedin (electric locomotive with motor)...
Evening Star, Issue 12057, 27 February 1907 

 Evening Star, Issue 14727, 20 November 1911

Evening Star, Issue 14756, 23 December 1911

 699 Colombo Street
to 1938
From 1939  Hamish Keith Studios were located at this address


Press, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22581, 10 December 1938

Reginald William Binns born 18 November 1872 Wellington, reg.  1872/21932, the second son of  Harriet Mills and Frederick Charles Binns (photographer), died 17 August 1953 Christchurch, reg. 1953/24193, married 1stly 8 December 1896 at Rangitata Island, reg. 1896/3688 Lucy Snell [or Louise Snell], second daughter of Fanny and William Snell, Rangitata Island [William Snell was accidentally killed by a train at the Denmark Street railway crossing in Temuka on 2 January 1911], she died 26 February 1907, buried St Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery, Papanui, Christchurch, married secondly 5 October 1911, St Michael's Church, Christchurch by Rev. E. K. Mules, reg. 1911/8540, Elizabeth Arrow [also known as Dorothy], eldest daughter of W. H. Arrow, Christchurch, issue:
1.  William Reginald Binns born 10 July 1912, 60 Hills Road, Richmond, Christchurch, reg. 1912/10375
2. Frederick Colin Binns born 30 September 1915, reg. 1915/27411      
3. Henry Arrow Binns born 12 January 1919, reg. 1919/5781  

Reginald William (R.W.) Binns, a son of Frederick Charles Binns, was a photographer from Christchurch, NZ who had an Australian connection. He announced the opening "for a few months" of his Nui Tirini Photographic Studio about Australia Day (26th January) 1897 in Goulburn, NSW. Nui Tirini stood opposite the Oddfellows Hall (now Argyle Mall) in Auburn Street. The last mention of him in the local newspaper, the Goulburn Penny Post is in August 1898, and a competitor, the Rozelle Studio announced in December that they had bought all his stock. Also during his brief time in Goulburn (c. 20 to 24 months) he patented a new photographic process

R.W. Binns appears to have returned to Christchurch, which was maybe his original intention. Is there any more information on this photographer?